While these two had managed to come to terms with the situation, Lan Ling still felt uncomfortable. To be honest, he didn’t have anything against Leng Jin Yu’s partner himself but just against the situation. “Why didn’t you tell us when you were getting married? Didn’t you want us to attend?”
Leng Jin Yu looked at him, not quite sure what to say.
Jinde glanced at his husband and realized that most likely, this guy had a different understanding of their relationship than Leng Jin Yu had. From what he knew about his time in the Nine Heavens, it hadn’t been long. So most likely, he wasn’t that close to these people. Inviting them to his wedding probably hadn’t even crossed his mind. Still, it wasn’t quite right to say that. But it seemed that his husband couldn’t come up with a dignified excuse either. Well, he could help him out there.
He turned to Lan Ling and gave him an apologetic smile. “If this had been in the immortal realms, we certainly would’ve done so. Unfortunately, we weren’t quite free to do as we liked in the mortal realm. Because Jin Yu was on a mission, he had to take on another identity for the time there. For everyone we invited, we needed some kind of excuse as to why they would be there. I’m afraid that inviting people of the god race would have caused too much of a stir. I’m very sorry. Should we ever have a ceremony in the immortal realms, you will naturally be invited.”
Leng Jin Yu glanced at him and then gently squeezed his hand. He had really saved him there just now.
Lan Ling did seem placated when he heard that. “Well, I guess there’s nothing that could have been done then.” He still seemed a bit down but at least he wasn’t inconsolable anymore.
Leng Jin Yu hurriedly nodded. “Yes, it wasn’t always easy. Well, officially, we are currently traveling the mortal realms so nobody will miss us now that we came back here. We should probably go and have a look every now and then but I don’t intend to do that anytime soon. For now, there are other things we are going to be busy with.” He looked at Jinde, his eyes shimmering.
The other three gods couldn’t help but be startled once again. Getting married was already strange enough but to see them interact like this made them wonder even more what was going on.
Duan Ming smiled wryly. “It feels like not that much time has passed but since you were in the mortal realm, it has already been more than a millennium for you. I tend to forget that and feel like it you have only been away for some time. To suddenly see you married … it is a little strange.”
Leng Jin Yu just smiled. “Well, to be honest, even if it had been this long, I probably would’ve done it. Meeting … it seemed like it was fate.” He looked at Jinde, his gaze containing more than he could say in front of the others. Yes, it sure seemed like fate. It couldn’t be anything else. Between them, it had always been.
Jinde chuckled and pecked his husband’s lips before he turned away. “You’re such a sweet-talker.” Turning back to the others, he didn’t seem one bit embarrassed by what Leng Jin Yu and he had just said. “I guess it is indeed strange for with how different the time between the realms passes. It feels like I have spent a lot of time in the mortal realm but compared to here … Well, we’re back now. We are going to settle down in the immortal realms now. So in the future, you can come by every now and then.”
Hearing that, Lan Ling immediately felt that this person was really good. He was actually inviting them to come and see Leng Jin Yu! “Do you have a place to stay already? If not, you could stay in our idle gods’ courtyard again. Brother Leng’s room is still empty. I made sure nobody else moved in!”
Jinde turned to look at him and couldn’t help but smile. This Lan Ling was actually quite cute. “Thank you for the offer but you don’t have to worry about that. A relative of mine is working in the dragon king’s palace. His brother-in-law also happens to be one of the advisers of the dragon king so we are going there. You could say that we are likely going to receive some special treatment.” He smiled as if that was really the only reason they would be getting that treatment. Ah, having a new identity was actually quite fun.
Leng Jin Yu looked at him, also feeling that his husband had gotten used to this awfully fast. This was probably all thanks to Jinde’s playful personality. Hopefully, he wouldn’t mind having to do this in the long run though. But then again, after their child had grown up, things might be different again. Well, that time was still so far away, that it didn’t really make sense to think about it yet.
In any case … “We have been offered to stay in the palace. It seems like it will be a good place for us so we do want to take them up on that. As a mixed couple, there would be some problems if we were to settle down anywhere else, especially with a child in the mix. So I think the capital city is really the best place for us.”
The others stared at him, not saying anything.
Leng Jin Yu’s gaze slipped from one to the other and then back again before he finally raised his brows. “Is something the matter?”
“That …” Duan Ming couldn’t help but take a measuring look at Leng Jin Yu and his husband. “When you just said ‘with a child in the mix’, that was just hypothetically speaking, right? You aren’t really planning on having one right now, are you?”
Jinde and Leng Jin Yu raised their brows and then looked at each other, clearly seeming like a couple that was wondering how to tell their children that there would be a new sibling sometime soon. In the end, that gaze was more than enough to answer the others’ question, not needing them to say even a single word.